“I enjoyed this novel, but not as fully as I did its predecessor. I enjoy the teaming up of Mrs. Westerman and Mr. Crowther. They are an unlikely pair, but one that knocks along quite well given society at the time and their rejection of its mores. This novel, however, instead of being just about murder and its mystery, involved spies, etc., and I admit to being a bit confused at times as to which person was doing what, and I even occasionally forgot who the initial victim was whose murder they were investigating. I will continue with the series, but I didn’t feel this installment was as strong as the first in the set.
“This is the second book in a series of mysteries set in late 18th century England.
This time, Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther are in London and asked to assist in the investigation of the murder of a hanger-on of the Opera--a murder that appears to be associated with treason. Harriet and Crowther are friends whose personal characteristics compliment each other in looking into the mystery.
As in the first book, we follow their investigation, along with following a secondary story-line that parallels it. The colour of 1780's London adds to the enjoyment of the story.
Lots of twists and turns and since the reader is following two story-lines, we become aware of what is happening long before the protagonists, which makes things a bit tense.”
“Robertson seems to have experienced a little bit of a sophomore slump. This story is very complex and hard to follow at times. My interest in the characters kept me going but it needed some editing. ”Julie wrote this review Thursday, March 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great look at Georgian London - through the alleyways...”Kirsty C wrote this review Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think of Mary Stewart--British, rather gothic, historical, only a hint of romance though. (It has been a while since I read her....) A plethora of rich period detail, however, deepens the plot here. I also found it interesting how the author dealt with this sequel that wasn't necessarily planned and also with a husband....”Jan wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great sequel to Instruments of Darkness. Would have liked a bit more of a refresher on some of the characters and backstory, but the writing and plot more than made up for it. Recommended.”John B wrote this review Thursday, May 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my new favorite historical mystery series. I read the further adventures of Mrs. Harriet Westerman and Mr. Gabriel Crowther with great pleasure. One thing I like is the recurrence of characters introduced in the first book of the series, Instruments of Darkness. In this book, there were duel storylines - that of Mrs. Westerman & Mr. Crowther and that of Jocasta Bligh, her dog Boyo, and a young boy named Sam. These two storylines intersect gradually, and in doing so unveil the mystery all parties are trying to solve.”Susie V wrote this review Wednesday, May 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another fascinating historical mystery for Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther. This one takes place in London in 1781 and concerns spies and opera. She writes a great mystery.”Jaime Lire wrote this review Monday, April 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was quite good. I loved the historical details, and the mystery was very interesting, with some distinct elements I haven't encountered in another mystery book thus far. Mrs. Westerman and Mr. Crowther are a good combination. Also liked Jocasta, Sam, and Boyo. Recommended to fans of historical fiction and mystery.
Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur in the February 2012. http://affairedecoeur.com.”